The BSN program offers students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The BSN curriculum plan consists of lower division core curriculum courses and upper division nursing courses. The upper division consists of five semesters of nursing courses, including theory and clinical lab components, that make up the professional component of the program. Our nursing courses are designed to build on preceding semesters by fostering the development of critical thinking and progressively independent decision-making while providing collaborative opportunities for students. Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as the experiences provided through the Capstone College of Nursing.

Admission:

Students are admitted to the lower division of the Capstone College of Nursing when they meet The University of Alabama admission requirements and declare nursing as their major. The application for admission to UA is available at http://apply.ua.edu.  The degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires the completion of the courses presented in the Undergraduate Program of Study. This consists of lower division prerequisite courses taken during the first 2 years of study. Promotion to the upper division, the nursing curriculum, occurs after the sophomore year and is competitive.

Core Curriculum Requirements:

The lower division core curriculum courses can be completed in settings other than the traditional classroom. Most of the core courses are available at your local community college.

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UA Core Requirements:

  • English Composition I & II
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Lab
  • Intro to Chemistry with Lab
  • Intro to Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Sociology or Anthropology
  • Intro to Psychology
  • History/Literature (9 semester hours)*
  • Fine Arts
  • Statistics
  • Human Growth and Development
  • NHM 101
  • Medical Ethics or Ethics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science or Foreign Language

*All students are required to complete either a six-hour history or literature sequence. Students must also complete three hours in the area outside of their sequence (e.g., a student completing HY 101 and 102 must take a Literature course to satisfy degree requirements). If a student elects to complete two history courses, s/he must complete at least one additional HU/FA course to fulfill UA core requirements.

UA Core Requirements for Second Degree Students:

The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes students with a baccalaureate degree in another field to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing degree or a master’s of science in nursing degree.

Prerequisites for Second Degree Students:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I & II
  • Intro to Chemistry with Lab
  • Intro to Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Statistics
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Ethics
  • NHM 101

Program of Study:

During the first four semesters of the curriculum plan, designated as lower division, students take required sciences, humanities, and other courses that help to prepare them to function as a professional nurse. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires the completion of the courses designated in the following program of study. Elective hours may be used to complete a major portion of the University Core Curriculum; additional courses, however, may be required. Students may choose to enroll in summer session(s) to meet requirements and to adjust the program of study to meet individual needs. Students should also review core curriculum requirements in the Academic Records and General Academic Policies section of this catalog. Bold letters indicate courses that meet specific University core curriculum requirements.

NOTE: The Capstone College of Nursing reserves the right to make modifications in its program and policies as necessary, but every effort will be made to implement the general program for full-time students.

Lower Division Program of Study

Apply for Upper Division Promotion:

The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes applications for promotion from current, transfer, and second degree students. CCN accepts students into the upper division three times per year; in the summer, fall, and spring. Promotion to the upper division is competitive, as spaces are limited. The number of students promoted each semester is dependent upon available resources.

Promotion to the upper division requires successful completion of the lower-division courses designated on the Capstone College of Nursing BSN program of study. Students may apply and be considered for promotion to the upper division during the final lower-division semester if they will have completed all courses prior to the semester for which application to the upper division is made. In such instances, promotion to the upper division may be granted conditionally, pending successful completion of all courses required for promotion.

Spaces in the upper division are limited and meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee promotion to the upper division of the nursing curriculum. When the number of students seeking promotion to the upper division exceeds the number of spaces available, the most qualified applicants are granted admission. Those applicants who present the strongest academic records and who show the most promise for success in the upper division will be promoted.

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Application Information:

  • January 1st – Summer promotion (application available December 1st)
  • April 1st – Fall promotion (application available March 1st)
  • September 1st – Spring promotion (application available August 1st)

Eligibility Requirements for Promotion:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all lower division courses.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all required science courses.
  • Completion of, or proof of current enrollment, in all lower division courses at application deadline.
  • A minimum TEAS test score of 75%.
  • Students who complete at least 32 credit hours of the required lower division coursework in residence at The University of Alabama will be given preference.

Application for Promotion Link:

Click the link below to open the Upper Division promotion application. Please keep in mind, all transfer students must be admitted to The University of Alabama prior to applying for Upper Division promotion.

Upper Division Promotion link: https://ua-app01.ua.edu/nursingAdmissions/public/

Application Deadlines:

Students may have completed many lower division courses at another institution. College transcripts should be mailed to:

University of Alabama Office of Records
Box 870134
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

ATI Teas Information:

The Capstone College of Nursing requires the ATI TEAS, an admissions assessment, for students applying for the traditional BSN track. The TEAS is a widely used assessment tool used to determine readiness for admission to and success in nursing programs across the nation. Its purpose is to evaluate an applicant’s potential for successful program completion. The Capstone College of Nursing requires the ATI TEAS, an admissions assessment, for students applying for the traditional BSN track. The TEAS is a widely used assessment tool that is used to determine readiness for admission to and success in nursing programs across the nation. Its purpose is to evaluate an applicant’s potential for successful program completion.

The Capstone College of Nursing requires the ATI TEAS, an admissions assessment, for students applying for the traditional BSN track. The TEAS is a widely used assessment tool that is used to determine readiness for admission to and success in nursing programs across the nation. Its purpose is to evaluate an applicant’s potential for successful program completion.

  • The assessment is administered by The University of Alabama’s Testing Services department on campus https://testing.ua.edu/.
  • The computerized exam is timed test with approximately four hours allotted for test completion.
  • The ATI Teas is given on campus multiple times per admission cycle.
  • Teas Assessments may be taken twice per academic year (August 1st-July 21st).
  • Students who wish to take the ATI Teas by distance may register for the test by clicking the link labeled, “register for TEAS with PSI,” on the ATI testing website https://www.atitesting.com.
  • Students who elect to take the test by distance must choose to send their test scores to The University of Alabama as well as report their scores to The Capstone College of Nursing Office of Nursing Student Services.
  • Go to http://www.atitesting.com
  • Click on the “Create an account,” button located below the password field in the Secure Sign on area.
  • Fill in all of the required fields regarding your personal information and security questions. Make a note of your security question answers in case you forget your login information.
  • Enter your student CWID in the student ID field.
  • For the institution field, select U of Al Tuscaloosa for your institution.
  • Click register to create your account.

Scores should be reported to The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. Scores will be reported through selection of the U of Al Tuscaloosa option for the institution field.

Promotion applicants are required to obtain a 75% overall score on the TEAS assessment in order to be eligible for promotion consideration. Please keep in mind, a 74.5% and above will also be considered a 75% overall score.

Transfer Credit Information:

The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes transfer students to apply to the upper division. Transfer students are defined by CCN as students who have completed less than 32 hours of the required lower division coursework at The University of Alabama.

  • Students will need to contact the institution they plan to attend regarding course offerings, information the student needs to fill out regarding transient enrollment, and any other information required by the institution.
  • Check the transfer equivalency table on the UA registrar’s website (link) to ensure the course will transfer appropriately.
  • Print out the transfer equivalency table for your records.

Follow the same instructions listed under the in-state transfer course information tab with the exception of ensuring the course transfers over as the appropriate course for the program of study. If you have any question about whether the course will transfer over correctly, please visit the UA Registrar’s transfer equivalency table to verify. If you do not see the course listed, feel free to reach out to CCN Office of Student Services at (205) 348-6639.

  • Courses denoted with a course number of 197 will not count towards lower division nursing course requirements.
  • If the course you desire to take is listed as equivalent, print the page and keep it for your records.
  • If the course you desire to take is listed as a different course or elective credit, you will need to find another course that is equivalent to the desired course.
  • If the course is not listed on the table, you will need to email CCN (nursing@bama.ua.edu) with your name, CWID, the institution you will be taking the course at as well as all course information.
  • You should begin this process two months prior to enrolling at another institution.
  • If the institution requires an enrollment verification, go to “student records,” located on your myBama profile to order.
  • If the institution you plan to attend requires a letter of transiency/good standing, you may obtain this from The University of Alabama registrar’s office located in 206, Student Services. Please keep in mind, CCN does not provide this to students.

Alternative Programs Offered:

Transfer Students

The Capstone College of Nursing baccalaureate program is a high demand, limited access program. Due to limited enrollment in the upper division and a large applicant pool, many qualified transfer applicants are unable to be admitted to our upper division courses. The Capstone College of Nursing is unable to provide any predictions regarding the acceptance or denial of any applicant. The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes transfer students to our BSN program. Promotion decisions for upper division transfer students are based on the following:

  • Admission to the University of Alabama with nursing listed as the primary major.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 on all required lower division courses.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on all lower division science courses.
  • A minimum 75% on the TEAS exam.
  • Completion of, or enrollment in, all lower division courses at the time of application to upper division.
  • Applicants who complete at least half of the required lower division courses in residence at UA will be given preference.

Second Degree Program

The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes students with a bachelors degree in another field to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students should meet and provide the following criteria for their application:

  • Admission to The University of Alabama with nursing listed as a nursing major.
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on all lower division courses required for second degree students.
  • A minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average in all required science courses.
  • Completion of, or proof of enrollment, in all lower division courses at application deadline.
  • Applicants only need to meet the nine nursing pre-requisite course requirements prior to application.
  • Applicants who complete at least half of the required lower division coursework in residence at UA or those who have previously earned a degree from UA will be given preference for upper division promotion.

Lower Division Advising:

Advising Information

  • Advising is mandatory in the Capstone College of Nursing.
  • Students are not permitted to register until they have met with an advisor.
  • Those who do not need to see a professional advisor in the Office of Nursing Student Services will be required to see a faculty advisor during mandatory advising period. Students are seen on a first come, first serve basis during the time period.
  • Mandatory Advising Dates will be sent out to lower division students at the beginning of each semester.
  • Please call ONSS at (205) 348-6639 or schedule your advising appointment here.

Scholarships:

Scholarship Information

Please complete the appropriate application to be considered for Capstone College of Nursing Scholarships. See Below for Instructions:

Incoming Freshman Scholarship Information:

  • Incoming freshman and transfer students can apply for admission and scholarships online or obtain a printable version of the application. The priority deadline for freshman undergraduate students is December 1 and for transfer students January 15 annually.

Current CCN Student Scholarship Information:

  • Current students enrolled in CCN may apply each fall for scholarship consideration for the next academic year. The current scholarship application is due to the Office of Student Services by December 1 for consideration.
  • CCN students with at least a 2.8 overall grade point average are encouraged to apply for scholarships.
  • CCN students should check their crimson email frequently for any updates on external scholarship opportunities that may be available to students.

Additional Information:

  • In addition to endowed scholarships, annual scholarships are available from various individuals, groups, and foundations. Specific information about scholarships may be obtained from the Office of Nursing Student Services at CCN and from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships at The University of Alabama.

Resources:

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Health Requirements:

Students will be sent health requirement information upon admission to the upper division.

Honor Society:

In 1922, six nurses founded Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Click here to learn more.

Catalog:

Students should refer to the UA undergraduate catalog for more information about the BSN program components click to view the UA undergraduate catalog

For more information please contact CCN at 205-348-6639

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between lower division and upper division coursework?

Lower Division:

All students declaring nursing as their major are admitted into the lower division at CCN. The courses included in the lower division coursework provide a basis for student’s to successfully complete the nursing program.

Upper Division:

Upon completion of lower division coursework, students are invited to apply to the upper division of the nursing program. The upper division is the professional phase of the program which introduces students to a variety of nursing courses with labs in a variety of clinical settings.

What are the requirements for upper division promotion?

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for promotion into the BSN program:

  • Successful completion of all lower division coursework.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on lower division coursework.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 in science courses.
  • 75 percent or above on the TEAS assessment.
  • Priority is given to students who are residents in the state of Alabama or have completed at least 32 hours of coursework at The University of Alabama.

When are students admitted to the upper division?

Students are admitted to the upper division in the summer, fall, and spring. Promotion to the upper division is competitive and spaces are limited.

In what states does the The College of Nursing accept applications for admissions?

Click here to view the states in which The College of Nursing currently accepts applications for admission.

May I enroll in Nursing classes before I finish the core curriculum?

No. As a rule, students are required to complete the entire core curriculum before beginning nursing coursework.

Do you offer an online BSN program?

No. Due to the clinical requirements of the BSN program, the University of Alabama does not offer an online BSN program.

Should I follow the core curriculum as it is listed on the UA catalog?

We advise all of our students to follow the program of study for the lower division at the Capstone College of Nursing so they do not get behind in science courses. Each science course at The University of Alabama builds on previous semesters so it is important to stay on track. However, our academic advisors work closely with each student to ensure they complete their coursework on time for upper division promotion.

Does a degree in nursing prepare me for the national licensing exam (NCLEX)?

Yes. The Capstone College of Nursing coursework provides students the materials and instruction through lecture and clinical experiences to prepare students for the NCLEX.

Who should I contact about the BSN and 2nd degree program?

For more information about the BSN or 2nd degree program, please contact the Office of Nursing Student Services at nursing@ua.edu or 205-348-6639.

Can I take classes at a community college over the summer?

Yes. Students who are behind or want to get ahead are encouraged to take courses at The University of Alabama or another transfer institution. However, when taking courses at another institution, please check the transfer equivalency table to ensure the course will transfer appropriately UA Transfer Equivalency Table.

Can I practice in other states when I graduate with my BSN?

Yes. The NCLEX is a national licensure exam but you will have the flexibility to apply for licensure prior to graduation in your last semester at CCN.

How long does it take to finish my BSN?

The upper division coursework is a five semester program. The BSN program as a whole will take a total of seven semesters from start to finish at The University of Alabama.

How much does it cost?

Tuition varies based on the number of credit hours per semester.

Tuition rates change regularly. For the most updated tuition schedule for online coursework, visit https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/cost/.

When do I apply?

Application to the RN Mobility program is a two-step process. Students must first be accepted into The University of Alabama. Students must then apply to the Capstone College of Nursing for promotion into the upper-division of the nursing curriculum.

Our Team

Rebekah Welch

Rebekah Welch, M.A.Ed

Director, Office of Nursing Services

Cynthia Morris

Cynthia Morris

Scholarship & Student Services Coordinator

Ashley Green

Ashley Green

Academic Advisor

Abigail Bradley

Abigail Bradley

Program Assistant